How to Make Whipped Cream

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Learn how to make Whipped Cream perfectly every time with these easy tips! It’s a fresh and fluffy concoction of just 3 ingredients: heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla! 

Enjoy this easy whipped cream on top of a slice of pumpkin pie or a hot cup of Irish Coffee. Customize it with vanilla, almond, or mocha extracts and alter the sweetness to fit your taste or recipe.

Whipped cream in a bowl, topped with a strawberry.

What Cream to Use

Heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, has more than 30% fat and is the best choice for making whipped cream. It will stand up in peaks and hold up for several hours without melting or losing its shape when piped on top of pies or cakes.

I have found that containers labeled simply “whipping cream” sometimes have lower milk fat and will make a runnier whipped cream, so look for the word “heavy” on the carton if you’re wanting a stiffer result.

Cream in a measuring cup.

How to Make Whipped Cream

Make with a Mixer: 

Always start with very cold cream and a chilled bowl.  The colder the cream is the quicker it will whip. With just 2 simple steps you’ll have it whipped up in a jiffy when using an electric mixer.

  1. Place all ingredients in a cold mixing bowl (see recipe below).
  2. Mix on medium for 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.

If using a stand mixer, be attentive! Over beating will turn the cream from fluffy peaks to lumpy butter in a matter of seconds if you’re not careful.

Two images showing whipped cream ingredients in a bowl before and after being whipped.

No Mixer? No Problem!

You can make whipped cream without a mixer by whisking or even by shaking in a jar!

To make whipped cream by whisking can take up to 10 mins or more, so stretch those arms and get a good workout in making whipped cream by hand!

  1. Place all ingredients in a chilled mixing bowl (see recipe below).
  2. Whip using a wire whisk until it reaches desired consistency.

Making whipped cream in a jar is a simple activity that can involve the kids too. Pass it around, giving everyone a turn while you introduce them to the magic of food chemistry.

  1. Place all ingredients in a tightly covered jar.
  2. Shake until thick and fluffy.

Be sure to loosen the lid every so often to release the vacuum pressure that will build as bubbles form!

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How to Make Whipped Cream

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
A fresh and fluffy combination of just 3 ingredients!


  • 1 cup heavy cream chilled
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar or powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla optional

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  1. Place a bowl and beaters into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Add ingredients to the bowl and beat on medium for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium high and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  3. Refrigerate unused portion for up to 24 hours.
Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (0.25cup) — Calories: 115, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 22mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 437%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 19%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Whipped cream in a bowl, topped with a strawberry.
Whipped Cream in a bowl, topped with a strawberry.
Top image - whipped cream in a bowl topped with a strawberry. Bottom image - whipped cream ingredients in a measuring cup.

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  1. Hello Holly, I just love, love , your recipes. They are easy to follow and I have tried many , always perfect and soooooo good!!! Thank you for sharing them with us and keep them coming. A true follower.

  2. Holly, I have been following you for a while and I love all your recipes. You are an amazing cook and your presentation on your web site is delightful and very user friendly! You are one of my favorite food bloggers at the top right of my list! I am an avid cooker who likes to read and research recipes all the time.

  3. What is whipped cream stabilizer and where can you get it? I have never heard of it before and that has always been a problem.

    1. It is a powder that you add into your whipped cream (basically contains starch) that helps your whipped cream to hold up.

      You can buy it at most grocery stores in the baking aisle (sometimes near the pudding or powdered whipped topping). You can also purchase it on Amazon. I’ve ordered the Dr. Oetker brand before and it works very well! (It’s fairly inexpensive, approximately $1/per pack).